There is a huge number of football fans in Nigeria, one can see many professional players and football stars who are known around the world. A lot of young people are inspired by these stars and dream to become great players too.
How to become a professional footballer guide
Today the situation in the country changed, and there are more and more abilities to become a professional football player. So, what are the steps to professional football career?
The first step is to have a passion for the game, it is obvious but highly important. The passion for the game is much better motivation than, for example money or fame. The path to a professional career is not easy, so you should love the game to be successful.
- One should have several basic skills.
It is better to practice if you already have some basic skills. Talent and hard work are equally important.
- Be persistent and persevere
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Only perseverance, and persistence brought football stars their success and results. There will be a lot of difficulties, such moments define a player who will go ahead. Any sport requires strong character, and persistence is the key to success.
- Attend a football training academy
If you have the mentioned qualities it is high time to go to football academy. This is the place where your skills and passion can be polished. The academy is a great step to realize your dream. Football academy gives the experience, knowledge, right atmosphere to feel yourself inside the process of the game. You should note that a good result of the graduation can be considered as a ticket to contract with some football club.
- Sign the contract
Of course, there can be good or bad contracts. A young player should be very careful at this stage because some contracts can become a kind of bondage. It is better to invite a lawyer to help you with the legal matters.
The first contract is a chance to show your skills in terms of the real game. After that, all you need is to play as good as possible and go to new heights. When a player signs the contract, he or she becomes a professional football player, and this is only a start of the long journey.
Which one is the best football academy in Nigeria?
Here we have top academies in the country where you can receive great experience, knowledge and the key to professional football.
- Pepsi Football Academy (PFA)
International company Pepsi is the owner of the best football academy in the country. This is a great place to develop skills and your football talent. A lot of prominent football players emerged from the academy, among them we can see Mikel Obi and Elderson Echiejile. Pepsi also gives scholarships to study in the UK.
The academy is located in Lagos at Agege Stadium and has 14 centers in other cities the number of students is more than 3000.
- Barcelona Football Academy (FCBESCOLA)
FCBEscola is located in Lagos, it provides the knowledge and training for the students from 5 to 18 years old. Barcelona is a legendary football club and the owner of the academy to provide skills, knowledge, and training at the highest level. Such academy is great opportunity to get into the world of professional football. See more details here: How to join Barcelona football academy in Lagos?
- Kwara State Football Academy (KWFA)
The state government owns the academy. There are seven professional coaches among them former Nigerian football stars. The age of students is 13 - 21 years.
- Abuja Football College (AFC)
The academy was established by Gabriel Newton, the FIFA Licensed instructor. The students of AFC represent Abuja play at the national level games and other important matches.
- Papilo Football Academy
The great Nigerian football player Nwankwo Kanu is the founder of this academy. Kanu invited to the academy such top coaches as like Gary Smith, Bryan Robson. This is one of the best places to receive professional knowledge, experience, and become skilled football player of international level.
These academies develop the level of Nigeria football and provide the game with new stars. As you can see there are a lot of ways to become a professional footballer.
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